How to raise earthworms
Raising earthworms is easy, a profitable hobbie and a daring business. The worms do not need a daily care and grow little by little, they are also a wonderful compost. Learn to raise earthworms for personal benefit or to sell them, as they are one of the most used bait in fishing and you can earn a little money.Steps to follow:
First you must decide what type of earthworm you would like to raise. The most popular ones to breed are the red worm (they are the smallest in size but they grow fast) and the nocturnal worm (bigger in size and good bait for fish).
Prepare a place to raise your earthworms. For the interior, you can use a bathtub with a cover. To the outside, you can cut the bottom of a bathtub and bury a part in the ground. The bathtub will keep the worms in a sector of the ground and away other animals that can disturb them.
Keep the worms moist and in the dark where they develop. It provides organic material such as leaves, grass, manure, kitchen waste, compost, all that feeds them. Place this material on top of the tub, the worms crawl to the food and back down to their burrows when they finish.
Feed earthworms once a week. The calculation is half a kilo of food per 30 cubic centimeters of space per month. If the food is weekly, divide the amount of food into four parts. Moisten your soil with every meal, but be careful not to add too much water to form puddles. Earthworms can drown in standing water.
Cover the bathtub to keep moisture inside. Make sure that the constant temperature is between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius, since it is the temperature range needed to raise earthworms. These are other tips that you should keep in mind:
- If the soil is very acidic, add ashes of lime and some wood to the soil every two months to maintain the pH level between 6.8 and 7.2.
- I repeat Always keep earthworms in moist soil, but do not add too much water because they can drown.